|Brett IAN Harris
Brett Harris is an international practice attorney specializing in customs, international trade and export control issues. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Economics from Cornell University. Brett is admitted to practice before the courts of New York State and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Court of International Trade.
Mr. Harris represents both domestic and multinational corporations in matters arising before the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection as well as numerous other federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Federal Trade Commission, etc. An expert on the laws and regulations affecting imported merchandise, Mr. Harris devotes his practice to structuring international trade transactions in order to legally minimize duty payments; such work concerns the valuation, tariff classification and country of origin of imported merchandise and often involves the preparation of binding ruling requests, protests, and other communication with U.S. Customs on these issues. In addition, he provides legal counsel in the drafting of voluntary disclosures and the negotiation and resolution of penalties, liquidated damages, and other enforcement actions taken by U.S. Customs. Mr. Harris has acted as lead outside counsel in numerous U.S. Customs focused assessment reviews as well as internal audits of corporate operations designed to maximize compliance and minimize potential liabilities.
Over the past 14 years Mr. Harris has developed a particular expertise in the customs and international trade issues affecting international textile and apparel companies. In this regard, he has extensive experience determining the tariff classification and quota category applicable to imported textiles and apparel, and has submitted numerous binding ruling requests to U.S. Customs requesting nondutiability of buying agency relationships and establishment of first-sale transaction structures. In addition, Mr. Harris is an expert in country of origin determinations for apparel, and has argued extensively before U.S. Customs in actions brought by that agency to verify production at factories in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Macao, Egypt and other countries in Asia, Africa and South America. Finally, Mr. Harris has a thorough knowledge of duty-preference programs such as NAFTA, AGOA, CBTPA and the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement, especially as these agreements apply to apparel production.
During the course of his career Mr. Harris has also counseled Fortune 500 companies on export control issues, with particular emphasis on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations administered by the Department of State, the Export Administration Regulations administered by the Commerce Department, and country sanction programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. In this regard, he regularly provides commodity classifications, completes license applications and commodity jurisdiction requests for a variety of dual-use and defense articles. Mr. Harris has conducted internal investigations of multi-billion dollar corporations concerning foreign-national employee access to controlled technical data, drafted voluntary disclosures and designed enhanced compliance procedures to prevent future violations of export control laws.